'I was trying to be nice', says furious Verstappen

2019-04-13 13:18
Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen (AP)

Shanghai - Raging Max Verstappen launched a foul-mouthed tirade against his rivals after a testy qualifying session on Saturday for the Chinese Grand Prix.

The 21-year-old Dutchman will start Formula One's 1 000 race fifth in his Red Bull, but made clear he felt he could have challenged for third on the grid.

At the conclusion of qualifying in Shanghai, Verstappen voiced his anger after at least three cars overtook him, meaning he failed to get one last, flying lap in.

He swore several times over the team radio and was still seething afterwards, with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel one of those to pass him.

Vettel qualified third, behind Valtteri Bottas in pole and Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in second.

"On the final run in Q3 (last part of qualifying) I followed the Ferrari in front of me as we were all in a queue," said Verstappen, explaining why he was so irate.

"I was actually trying to be nice and not overtake, as that's not what you do in qualifying when you're all trying to prepare for the last run. 

"This time it caught me out when I was overtaken at the end of the lap. 

"I am of course not happy with that, or to be fifth, but we didn't get the opportunity to do a final lap."

Chinese Formula One Grand Prix qualifying times in Shanghai on Saturday:


1. Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes 1:31.547

2. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes 1:31.570 

3. Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari 1:31.848 

4. Charles Leclerc (MON) Ferrari 1:31.865,

5. Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull 1:32.089

6. Pierre Gasly (FRA) Red Bull 1:32.930 

7. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Renault 1:32.958 

8. Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Renault 1:32.962 


1. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes 1:31.637 (Q)

2. Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes 1:31.728 (Q)

3. Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari 1:32.232 (Q) 

4. Charles Leclerc (MON) Ferrari 1:32.324 (Q) 

5. Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull 1:32.369 (Q) 

6. Pierre Gasly (FRA) Red Bull 1:32.948 (Q)

7. Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Renault 1:32.968 (Q) 

8. Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Haas 1:33.150 (Q) 

9. Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas 1:33.156 (Q)

10. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Renault 1:33.214 (Q)

11. Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Toro Rosso 1:33.236 

12. Sergio Perez (MEX) SportPesa Racing Point 1:33.299 

13. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Alfa Romeo Racing 1:33.419

14. Carlos Sainz (ESP) McLaren 1:33.523 

15. Lando Norris (GBR) McLaren 1:33.967


Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes 1:32.658 (Q) 

2. Charles Leclerc (MON) Ferrari 1:32.712 (Q)

3. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes 1:33.115 (Q)

4. Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull  1:33.274 (Q)

5. Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari 1:33.557 (Q)

6. Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Renault 1:33.644 (Q)

7. Carlos Sainz (ESP) McLaren 1:33.686 (Q)

8. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Renault 1:33.709 (Q)

9. Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas 1:33.752 (Q)

10. Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Toro Rosso 1:33.783 (Q)

11. Pierre Gasly (FRA) Red Bull 1:33.863 (Q)

12. Sergio Perez (MEX) SportPesa Racing Point 1:34.026 (Q)

13. Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Haas 1:34.036 (Q)

14. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Alfa Romeo Racing 1:34.125 (Q)

15. Lando Norris (GBR) McLaren 1:34.148 (Q) 

16. Lance Stroll (CAN) SportPesa Racing Point 1:34.292

17. George Russell (GBR) Williams 1:35.253

18. Robert Kubica (POL) Williams 1:35.281

19. Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA) Alfa Romeo Racing 0.000

20. Alexander Albon (THA) Toro Rosso 0.000

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